PMDD Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

If you’re struggling with symptoms like depression, anxiety, or irritability, along with other premenstrual problems like pain or exhaustion, you may suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This condition affects about 5-8% of menstruating women today, so you’re not alone if you’re suffering. The experienced and compassionate Mindful Urgent Care team is here to help patients in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York with PMDD and it’s difficult symptoms. Use the online scheduler or call the location nearest you to book your appointment for PMDD help now.

PMDD Q & A

What is PMDD?

PMDD is a form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). If you suffer from PMDD, your before-period symptoms are severe enough to significantly affect your mood. They may also negatively impact your relationships or work.

What are the symptoms of PMDD?

If you suffer from PMDD, you suffer one or more of the following mood symptoms before your period starts:

  • Severe irritability or anger
  • Seriously depressed mood
  • Severe anxiety
  • Withdrawing from your regular routine

Additionally, PMDD sufferers have at least one of the following symptoms before their period:

  • Poor attention span
  • Feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Binge eating or unusual specific food urges
  • Sleep problems, including either too much or too little sleep
  • Physical issues like tender breasts, whole-body aches and pains, bloating, or weight gain

Symptom timing is very important in diagnosing PMDD, so it's helpful if you track your symptoms on a calendar and share that information with your care provider. PMDD symptoms occur in the week (or two weeks maximum) before your period starts.

What is the best treatment for PMDD?

PMDD treatment at Mindful Urgent Care depends on your situation and needs. In some cases, lifestyle changes like eating a healthier diet with less sugar, salt, and fat can relieve symptoms while also improving your whole-body health.

Exercise is also helpful for many PMDD sufferers. As you exercise, your body releases feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. This can help with both physical and emotional symptoms. Your care provider may also recommend relaxation exercises or meditation as a natural PMDD solution.

If lifestyle changes don’t relieve your symptoms, antidepressants can be extremely helpful. The three antidepressants approved for PMDD treatment are:

  • Sertraline: brand name Zoloft®
  • Fluoxetine: brand names Prozac® and Sarafem®
  • Paroxetine: brand names Paxil®, Pexeva®, Brisdelle®  

One birth control pill, Yaz®, is FDA-approved for the treatment of PMDD. If you’re not pregnant or trying to conceive, this may be a good option for you.

Although antidepressants and lifestyle changes can greatly relieve your PMDD symptoms, you may sometimes need over-the-counter medication for pain relief when you’re dealing with cramps. If bloating is a persistent problem, you may need to take a diuretic in the week or so before your period.

The Mindful Urgent Care team is ready to help you feel happy and healthy all month long, even with PMDD. Use the online scheduler or call the location nearest you for an appointment.